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Lawrence Lessig: “Wrongs of Corporate Speech” Topic of Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecturer.  His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecturer. His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.

Ethics leader and law professor Lawrence Lessig will speak on “Speech and Independence: The Wrongs of Corporate Speech,” during the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression. The event is at 8 p.m. April 7 in Memorial Chapel.

Lessig is professor of law at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. As director, Lessig is leading a five-year project studying “institutional corruption” relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.

Prior to Harvard, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

For much of his career, Lessig has focused his work on law and technology,

Filmmaker, Eco-Activist Shalini Kantayya Addresses World Water Crisis at Earth Day Celebration

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya will speak about the global water crisis during Wesleyan's Earth Day Celebration April 15.

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya is Wesleyan's Earth Day Celebration keynote speaker April 15.

Through film, eco-activist, and reality television star Shalini Kantayya will speak about the global water crisis during Wesleyan’s Earth Day Celebration April 15.

“Water is life,” says Kantayya, the event’s keynote speaker. “We are facing a world water crisis. A world in which nations are at war for water and every drop is for sale.”

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Cinema. Kantayya will discuss her film, “a DROP of LIFE”, which will be viewed following her presentation. “a DROP of LIFE,” is a futuristic sci-fi flick about the mounting global water crisis. It has been used by The African Water Network as an organizing tool in over 40 villages across Africa, and has been screened at festivals worldwide, winning the Best Short Film at Palm Beach International and Audience Choice Award at the IUOW Film competition.

Kantayya captured the attention of the nation during the television series “On the Lot,” a reality show created by Steven Spielberg for the purpose of finding Hollywood’s next great director. Out of over 12,000 filmmakers, Kantayya was the only woman to finish in the top 10.

Energy, Medicine, Nanotechnology Topics at Physics Colloquium Series

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Fred Schlachter, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, speaks on "Over a barrel: A worldwide energy crisis" during the Department of Physics's Colloquium Series Feb. 26 in Exley Science Center. (Photo by Alexandra Portis '09)

An emerging worldwide energy crisis demands a new approach for a sustainable energy future.

“How we adapt will determine our future on this planet,” said physicist Fred Schlachter, during the Department of Physics’ Colloquium Series Feb. 26 in Exley Science Center.

Schlachter, a guest speaker from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source Division, is the co-author of Energy Future: Think Efficiency, a report that examines how America can look within to achieve energy security and reduce global warming. At Wesleyan, he gave a presentation titled “Over a barrel: A world wide energy crisis.”

The topic of energy is a key theme ongoing in the Physics Department’s Spring 2009 Colloquium Series. Other guest speakers, including three Wesleyan alumni,

Rosenthal Speaks on 1919 Seattle Strike

Rob Rosenthal, professor of sociology, spoke at a conference titled “Celebrating Seattle’s Striking History,” sponsored by the University of Washington Department of History. The conference was held Feb. 6 at the Seattle Labor Temple to commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike of 1919. Rosenthal spoke about the strike, and also about a rock opera he wrote and recorded in 1986 with his band, The Fuse, about the strike. The Seattle Labor Chorus sung two songs from the album. In addition, Rosenthal was interviewed about his song on the NPR station in Portland, KBOO, and the NPR station in Seattle, KUOW.

Alaskan Composer Speaks, Samples Music at CFA

Alaskan composer John Luther Adams presented a talk on his complex musical work, <i>The Place Where You Go to Listen</i>, Jan. 28 in the Center for the Arts Cinema. For the past 30 years, the vastness of Alaska has been instrumental in the composer's imagination and his compositions. Adams sampled his musical compositions during the talk.

Alaskan composer John Luther Adams presented a talk on his new book, The Place Where You Go to Listen, Jan. 28 in the Center for the Arts Cinema. For the past 30 years, the vastness of Alaska has been at the forefront of the composer's imagination and his compositions. Adams sampled his musical compositions during the talk.

Students Attend Prop. 8 Reading at Wellesley College

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Pictured, from left, Cherrie Moraga, poet/writer and Demian Pritchard, visiting assistant professor of Latina/o literature and culture in the English Department, pose for a photograph with Wesleyan students Emily Evnen '10, Alicia Garrison '09, Hope Steinman-Iacullo '09, Elizabeth Busch '10, Dan Heinrich Manuyag '10, Elissa Martel '10, and Christie Kontopidis '10.

A group of Wesleyan students, led by Demian Pritchard, visiting assistant professor of Latina/o literature and culture in the English Department, attended a reading by Cherríe Moraga at Wellesley College Nov. 20.

Moraga is an influential and prolific Chicana lesbian writer of poetry, drama and essays. She is known for mixing genre in her writing as she engages issues of sexuality, race, gender and class – alongside questions of nation and language.

Her reading was titled “Still Loving in the Still War Years,” a play on the title of one of her most widely read books: Loving in the War Years, and inspired by the recent California passage of Proposition 8 barring the right for gays and lesbians to marry in the state – a right won in California recently, and quickly lost.

Moraga read from an in-process essay about her relationships with her mother and her teenage son as a frame for her reading from another in- process essay on President-elect Obama. In her essay she called upon the nation to remember its responsibility to continue to participate in the process of “change” asked for by Obama – to transform the work gone into his election inspired by “the audacity of hope” to a long-term politics of continued participation, which she called “the tenacity of hope.”

(Photo and text contributed by Demian Pritchard)

Plass Leads Discussion on Franz Kafka

Ulrich Plass, assistant professor of German, presented a talk titled "Franz Kafka and the State of Exception" Nov. 17 in Russell House. In this lecture, Plass examined the topological structure of Kafka's parables against the backdrop of philosophical interpretations that seek to illuminate the hidden political significance of his stories. Many of Kafka's stories address problems of law, justice and violence.

Ulrich Plass, assistant professor of German, presented a talk titled "Franz Kafka and the State of Exception" Nov. 17 in Russell House. In this lecture, Plass examined the topological structure of Kafka's parables against the backdrop of philosophical interpretations that seek to illuminate the hidden political significance of his stories. Many of Kafka's stories address problems of law, justice and violence.

Lang Lectures on Holocaust

Berel Lang, visiting professor of philosophy, visiting professor of letters, has given lectures recently at a conference held at Boston University in honor of Elie Wiesel’s 80th Birthday; at a conference on “History and Memory of the Holocaust,” held in Berlin at the Adenauer Foundation; and at a conference on “Holocaust Denial” in Paris at the Ecole Normale Superieure. Lang’s new book, Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence, is scheduled for publication by the University Press of New England in 2009.

Pulitzer Winner Friedlander to Deliver Hallie Lecture

Saul Friedlander.

Saul Friedlander.

Pulitzer Prize winning author, historian and philosopher Saul Friedlander will deliver a presentation titled “Toward an Integrated History of the Holocaust” as the featured speaker at this year’s Hallie Lecture, which will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Memorial Chapel.